Wednesday, August 16, 2017

School lunch ideas

When my daughter started school two years ago  I struggled to think of different meal ideas as I was lucky if she wanted sandwiches twice a week.

school lunch ideas

I bought her a Shopkins food thermos, but you can purchase your own child's favourite character - initially I thought it was expensive costing around $15 to $20 but it gave me so many different hot lunch meal ideas, as they don't have access to microwaves in grade school.

kids thermos

Hot Lunches:

I usually make extra when I am cooking dinner and freeze them in individual size containers so I can defrost them the night before and heat them up in the morning as needed.

Some meal ideas you can pack in a thermos are:

- chilli
- chicken noodle soup (or any variety of soup)
- shephards pie
- chicken stir fry
- chicken fried rice
- pasta and meatballs
- brown beans (and hot dogs)
- Zoodles or Kraft Dinner
- chicken nuggets
- perogies and ham or bacon
- ravioli
- chicken or beef stew
- leftover casseroles

You can also purchase a custom set of cutlery for kids, as you probably don't want to misplace that one silver utensil out of your set of 16... she says from experience.

kids utensils

I also tried to come up with different varieties of sandwiches as Lily didn't like to eat the same lunch two days in a row.


You can create a lot of different varieties of sandwiches by mixing it up a little: choosing a different grain, protein, topping and sauce/ condiment.

sandwich options

There are lots of different styles of sandwiches if you are a little creative you can make, chicken ceaser wraps, meatball sub, pizza bagel, ham and cheese pin wheels, diy lunchables with crackers, meat and cheese, etc.

And you can make things more fun by using sandwich cutters, and fun sandwich containers.

school lunch containters

Healthy Snacks:

I have two send two snacks for morning and afternoon and my daughter who has an amazing appetite started asking for more as she would eat everything I packed for her. Coming up with snack ideas can take a little effort especially if your a mom who's new to packing lunches, I feel so spoiled when my kids went to daycare and I didn't have to worry about it.

I tried to pack mainly healthy snacks including tons of fruit including:
- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples (with lemon juice), peeled oranges, bananas, pears, cantalope, honey dew, watermelon, peaches, kiwi, pineapple, cherries, grapes, and mangos.

healthy school snacks

I will peel and cut the fruit, or pack a container of mixed berries or grapes off the vine. When purchasing pre-packaged fruit cups get them packed in water or juice, syrup is just unnecessary sugar. You can also get apple sauce and dried fruit like raisins, cranberries, banana chips, etc.

I also like to pack fresh vegetables and you can include ranch, hummus or even cheez whiz for dipping including:
baby carrots, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, pepper slices, or cherry tomatoes.

Unfortunately most schools don't allow nuts due to allergies as my kids love peanuts, almonds and especially pistachios. But you can buy a school friendly peanut butter alternative which you can substitute if you pack apple slices and PB or ants on a log (celery topped with PB and raisins)

If we have microwave popcorn in the evening I will put the left overs in snack bags for tomorrows school lunch.

I also like to buy a large container of yogurt, add some sliced fruit liked strawberries and add a Ziploc bag with granola you can add to it once you are going to eat it so it doesn't get soggy. This is also one of my favourite work snacks.

yogurt, berries and granola

Other snacks I pack are: pretzels, yogurt tubes, granola bars, trail mix, muffins, cheese strings, crackers and cheese, healthy fruit roll ups or fruit snacks, cereal snacks (like rice krispies), baked goods - like no bake oatmeal balls.

I created a printable version for quick reference, as I find I sometimes run out of ideas myself and dislike thinking of what to make for dinner or am standing dumbfounded at the grocery store trying to think of lunch ideas.

School Lunch Ideas: Hot lunch ideas and various sandwich options

school lunch ideas

And here is a healthy snack ideas reference you can print

school snack ideas

Do you have any school lunch or healthy snack ideas?? Please leave a comment as I would love to get more ideas, and update my list eventually.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Moana and Pua toilet paper roll Craft

Moana has been the most popular topic on my site for the past couple months so I decided to create baby Moana and Pua as my next toilet paper roll craft.

moana toilet paper roll craft

So you will need:
- black and white paper
- two toilet paper rolls
- glue stick and scissors
- a pencil and a red crayon (or marker)

easy moana crafts for kids

Pua was simple to make, I just wrapped the tp roll in white paper cut out the face and ears, making sure to leave some white space around the ears and glued them on the side of the face. Done.

easy moana crafts

For Moana I created a wave pattern on a piece of black construction paper and cut it out. I cute out the flower and bent it around a pencil a bit to give it more of a 3D feel. 

moana craft

I cut a thin strip of white paper and drew some half circles on it with a red crayon, to look similiar to the diaper in the movie. I cut out the eyes and pasted them on, and drew a bit of a rudementary face - drawing isn't exactly my thing.

moana activity

And here are the two of them together.

moana activities for kids

Moana printable ncraft

Hopefully you and the kids enjoy this craft and if you are looking for Moana crafts you can find them here:

Moana crafts

Or for more toilet paper roll crafts you can find the rest of them here: 

toilet paper roll crafts

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Moana gift ideas

I have a lot of people interested in all the free Moana birthday party printables I created so I decided to create a round-up of some gift ideas to go with it.

moana gift ideas

Moana dvd + digital copy + blue ray

moana gift guide

Moana tsum tsums

moana tsum tsum

Disneys Moana's Magical Seashell Necklace - lights up with a soft green glow

disney moana toys

Moana (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

moana gifts

Moana lip balm - set of 6

moana birthday presents

Disney Moana Adventure Doll - 14 inches

disney moana doll

LEGO - Disney Moana, Moana's Island Adventure

moana lego

Moana backpack

Disney Pua Plush - small 9 1/2" 

Pau plushie

Disney Moana Girls Adventure Outfit, Age: 3+, Size: 4 - 6x

moana costume for sale

Moana tote

Get this unique Moana bracelet from Castleminis on Etsy

Moana jewellery

Disney Moana Choose Your Destiny (Meet the Characters)

moana books

Disney Animators' Collection Moana Mini Doll Play Set - 5 Inch    

moana play sets

Disney Moana art folio includes 12 washable markers, 33 stickers, two stencils, 30-page art pad, 16 watercolor paints, watercolor tray, and two paintbrushes 

moana art supplies

moana notebook

And here are the free Moana party printables I created including invitations, cupcake toppers, thank you cards, banner and games.

moana birthday printables

Or if you are looking for Moana inspired ideas you can find Moana free printable activities or Moana inspired crafts.

Moana crafts


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Weekly Menu Planner

I am always trying to get more organized, as I am not an organized person by nature. And I always try to do one weekly grocery trip without children (it always seems to cost more when they tag along) so it always helps to plan out what we are going to eat for the week. So here are some pretty and free weekly meal planners to help, and cut out those pesky last minute grocery trips.

free printable meal planners

Get this free printable weekly meal planner form Neat House Sweet Home

free printable weekly meal planner

Get this free weekly menu planner and shopping list from Fit Creative 

weekly menu planner

Get a printable weekly planner from Printable Crush

free printable weekly meal plan

Weekly planner template printable with menu planner from Balancing Home 

menu planner

Free printable weekly meal plan from the creative bite

weekly meal plan

Get this meal planner free printable from luvibeekidsco

meal planner free printable

Free printable meal planner set from the cottage set

free printable menu planner

budget toolkit from meal planning on from pennies into pearls

meal planning on a budget

Get a 30+ page meal planner bundle free from Dear Crissy (with email sign-up)

free meal planner

Get free printable weekly and monthly meal planners from TRTLMT as well as lunchbox planners

monthly meal planners

Get this free colourable weekly meal planner from Artsy Fartsy Mama

weekly menu planner

And you can check out more free printable weekly and monthly planners as well as 2018 calendars here:

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Free Femine Weekly Planners

Free pretty and feminine weekly planners

free printable weekly planner

Get this simple weekly planner printable from Short Stop Designs

free weekly planner

Get your own Candy Hexagon weekly planner from PB and J Studio

2018 weekly planner

Get this pretty weekly planner from Eliza Ellis available in 6 different colours and has tons of coordinating planner printables

weekly planner templates

Get this beautiful week at a glance printable from Lovilee

weekly planner printables

Get this weekly to do list free printable from Alice and Lois Weekly

week planner

Making Lemonade Blog shared this free printable weekly planner

printable weekly planner

Get this gorgeous week at a glance watercolor printable from Vintage Glam Studio - available in pink or blue

Free week planner

Get this free weekly planner printable for 2018 from eskaa makes

weekly planner to print

Get three differnet artistic version of this 'My Weekly Planner from Beautyholics Anonymous

weekly planner

Get this free weekly planner from Malena Haas

week calendar

Free printable weekly planner from Space and Quiet

free planner pages to print

Ashley from the Handmade Home has created these gorgeous weekly planner as part of her 2018 free planner bundle

A4 weekly planner

Get this pretty free weekly planner from Shining Mom, and you can get the coordinating meal planner too

pretty weekly planner

And you can find Free monthly calendars here

free monthly calendars

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